BBB Serving Metro Atlanta, Athens & Northeast Georgia, Inc. issues warning to consumers to avoid email appearing to be coming from an American soldier.
BBB has received notification of an email being sent from an American Combat Soldier named Sgt. Jason Campbell. Like many of the scams currently flooding the marketplace, this email is requesting the “transfer” of funds to be held until the Sgt. can retrieve the funds safely. This would involve having the consumer provide personal financial information and then becoming a victim of fraud.
BBB contacted Ms. Brenda Linnington, Director of BBB’s Military Line, regarding the email. Ms. Linnington responded by stating “This is an absolute scam. The wording is wrong---no such thing as a "Soldier Group,” no soldiers are "left behind," no soldiers can "Secure $20 million dollars" without it being a felony, and the grammar is messed up. I've heard of other occurrences of this kind, but hadn't seen this one yet.”
BBB recommends extreme caution when dealing with any unknown company or person requesting personal financial information for any transaction that sounds too good to be true. Always contact your Better Business Bureau for information on any unknown company or transaction.
The fraud email is copied below just as it was received:
From: Pat Saraceni [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 5:26 AM
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Urgent Mail From Sgt Jason
Good Day From Iraq
I am Sgt Jason Campbell an American Combat Soldier group of 50,000, 00 combatant, left behind in Iraq for advisory and assistance to Iraq Forces after the Handing over to Iraq Peace Keeping Force, During my services i was been able to secure Twenty Million Dollar($20 million U.S
Dollars) which i have already Deposited with a Diplomatic Company for security and Safety Purpose, I want to hand over this funds to a Trust Worth Person that we help me keep it till I am back from the Camp in Baghdad Iraq Sept 2011, Since Our Final Troops is leaving Iraq 2011.If you are Interested in this Offer kindly contact me Via my Private
You will find the story of this money on the web address below. After we have summated the remaining part http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/2967029.stm
Please kindly keep this transaction Confidential because I am still serving in the Military camp in Baghdad Iraq.
Sgt Jason Campbell
Urgent Mail From Sgt Jason
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